Novotel Caen Cote De Nacre4.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
I loved this hotel, It made my trip to France one of the best I ever had. The staff were very helpful and had the best tour advice head and shoulders above the other hotels I stayed in France and the UK. Its close to a lot tour destinations by taxi. I actually saved money with the tips the front desk staff gave me on how to get to the sights I wanted to see. My French speaking was horrible and they always had someone on hand that could help me along. The Early morning Continental breakfast was awesome. Were heading back there June 2017...
We stayed at this hotel during a visit to Normandy and were pleasantly surprised. The large bright rooms were inviting and well maintained. The breakfast was excellent with a good assortment of cereals, breads, meats and cheeses. Scrambled eggs (not well known to the French) and bacon/sausage also. Coffee, teas and hot chocolate warmed us up in the morning.
Spacious family room with comfortable beds located only a 5 min walk from the tram stop and then approx. 15 mins tram journey into the city centre. The hotel is clean with ample parking and free wifi. We didn't have dinner or breakfast in the hotel so we can't comment on food and only stayed in the hotel for 1 night. We couldn't complain and the staff were friendly
We planned the end of our holiday to be a final day in Caen before getting the ferry that night. The hotel was clean and comfortable. Not a pretty location - pharmaceutical plant to the rear but functional for a single nights rest. The room well designed with enough room for three to have a good nights rest before exploring the city. The breakfast was excellent. There are shops opposite if you want to buy supplies and Caen is a short drive away. The price is very competitive and the hotel was busy but not noisy. Will stay again.
This Motel is situated on the northern outskirts of Caen so without a car its going to be hard to get about particularly if you wish to visit historic WW2 sites. Coach parties will be fine but you can't rent a car in Caen on a Sunday. All are closed, even at the airport. Some bedrooms have newer and better carpets than others but in all cases the linen and mattresses are clean and the bathrooms well presented. The staff are helpful and I particularly mention receptionist Charlotte when my electronic key failed to work, which was not a key problem at all, I was trying to enter the wrong room. Sleep quality is good. A swimming pool is available but is unheated. Fair value for money overall. The restaurant is also good but I don't like streaky Normandy bacon nor bulk quantities of scrambled egg, so I breakfasted instead continental style for which there was an abundance of fine foods and cereals to choose from. Restaurant prices tend to be higher in France than in the UK so check before you decide to order.
Situated off the Caen periferique ring road the hotel I easy to find and offers a good base for exploring the city and the Calvados region. The rooms are well furnished with comfortable beds, work station and seating.Good internet access. Hostess tray and cool cabinet with bottled water. The bathroom has a good shower, nice toiletries and large soft towels.All immaculate. The restaurant has a reasonable menu with dishes foe all tastes.The food is well cooked and presented. The breakfast buffet is well up to standard with hot and cold items. The staff are all very helpful and friendly. Nothing too much bother. The hotel I also ideal for catching the early morning ferry to Portsmouth.
Superior room: Requested a twin room but got a superior with sofa bed. Room was clean, modern and stylish looking with a little entry area with space for hanging clothes. Comfy queen and comfy sofa bed. Bathroom had a powerful and hot walk in shower with modern sink unit. W/C was in it's own little room adjacent to the entry area. Large LED TV with mostly French channels and a few English. Free WIFI was very good although room was quite near lobby so not sure what it's like everywhere else. No air-con but weather wasn't hot when I stayed so not an issue. Fridge with complimentary 500 ml Evian replenished daily. Laptop sized safe and tea and coffee facilities adequate. Loads of proper coffee available from machine near the bar which I think was free but didn't try. Breakfast: Pleasantly surprised by this as my experience of 'continental' is limited to some odd looking cold meat and stale rolls! However there was loads on offer here. Bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs, new potatoes. You can even boil your own eggs. Lots of different french breads and a real toaster (yes!). Cereals, milk, fresh juices, real fruit salad, yogurts, fresh cakes and biscuits. Good freshly ground coffee and yes some odd looking cold meats too (some people like 'em I guess!). Well worth paying for as there isn't much else around outside for breakfast and unfortunately the location is the downside but I knew this when I booked. Location: The hotel is on the outskirts of the town which is great when driving in and out from the ring road, however if you want to go into town for a meal and/or a few drinks you can walk or get a tram or a cab. Didn't try tram but I believe it's around 3 Euro a day. Otherwise it's a 15 min walk down the hill to town and a 20 min walk back up hill! The tram stop is 2 mins walk out of the hotel and the service runs until 00:30 I believe. There's a restaurant 'Grill Courtepaille' opposite the hotel which did some nice flame grilled steaks but there is so much more choice down town. Didn't try the hotel restaurant for dinner. Staff: I found the staff very welcoming (reception, housekeeping, bar & breakfast) and although my French is basic they're English was better than my French! Everyone is different though and I guess it depends on who you speak to. I did want to mention Stephane though. Lovely guy, he told me they don't serve bar nibbles (peanuts & crisps) after I asked, however 10 minutes later he presented my friend and I with a large bowl of salted peanuts without any charge. He also turned up the volume on the bar TV so we could hear the movie. Its hospitality like this which makes me want to write reviews so well done Stephane! Summary: If you need somewhere for a few nights to explore Normandy then I would recommend as it's clean, friendly and I thought good value. But I haven't seen the standard rooms, I can see why people may be uncomfortable without air-con in the hot weather and its slightly remote. Hence 4/5.
Arrived late in the evening to be greeted by a rather grumpy receptionist, not a great first impression. Room was quite small and in need on some TLC, looks like it hasn't be renovated in a while. Bed however was quite comfortable. Came down after 9am for breakfast hoping it would be quiet but was a complete madhouse. Served its purpose for somewhere to stop for the night, but wouldn't book again. Plus points, the park is free and secure and there is a Wii in the lobby to keep the kids entertained. Didn't use the pool so can't comment on that.
The bed was so hard that I ended up with back pains for the rest of my holiday. The hall carpets can only be described as disgustingly dirty. The breakfast vastly overpriced. The poorest Novotel I have every stayed at.
I've stayed at many Novotels over the years but this one has to be the worst. The hotel is situated near the ring road exit, near some industrial and academic buildings. It is about a two minute drive into the city centre, always straight ahead, which is easy. While the pictures of the swimming pool and the building look quite pleasing on the website, the actual building makes a much more weather beaten impression with big green stains emblazoning the facade. This theme continues in the hallway with big stains on the carpet and a weird smell throughout. The actual rooms are quite small and stuffy as the airconditioning cannot be regulated. Weird smell again. You can only make it hotter, not cooler. The fittings in the bathroom also look quite used. I stayed with my family and there was a pull-out sofa which cracked in the middle of the night. The receptionist didn't make much of that the next morning, saying she would fix it, not much use to us who were leaving. In summary, every single Ibis I've stayed at is much better than this. I recommend getting a room elsewhere.
Located in Caen Area within a short walk of Caen University Hospital, Novotel Caen Cote De Nacre is within a mile (2 km) of University of Caen Normandy. This 126-room, 4-star hotel has a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Located centrally in Caen, it's also near Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Caen and Caen Castle.
Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. You can get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café. Start each morning with buffet breakfast, available for a fee from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM.
All of Novotel Caen Cote De Nacre's 126 rooms are soundproofed and have an array of amenities, including sofa beds, coffee makers, and free newspapers. Flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Other amenities include free bottled water, safes, and phones.
Guests of Novotel Caen Cote De Nacre enjoy an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and 6 meeting rooms. Free parking is included with your stay. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a seasonal outdoor pool, a computer station, and a library.
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64% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 578 reviews